It was a pleasure this weekend to see Sadiq Khan elected as Mayor of London – even more so when I logged on to read a report of the election in an Algerian newspaper which began with the words “Impossible is not English“.
However, with the local elections now over the Brexit campaign now gets under way and, perhaps unfortunately, the first Vote Leave intervention I heard came from that dreadful man, Michael Gove, one of David Cameron’s more unfortunate cabinet appointments.
Gove’s first cabinet appointment was as Secretary of State for Education and it cannot be said that his activities in that Department were welcome. He is presently the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and he has been noticed poncing about the Law Courts wearing the full bottomed wig and robes of a Lord Chancellor – but without any legal qualifications . Before entering Parliament he was a journalist of sorts.
In a piece Gove scribbled in December 2008 for the Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday he wrote:-
“The liberation of Iraq has actually been that rarest of things – a proper British foreign policy success. Next year, while the world goes into recession, Iraq is likely to enjoy 10% GDP growth. Alone in the Arab Middle East, it is now a fully functioning democracy with a free press, properly contested elections and an independent judiciary … Sunni and Shia contend for power in parliament, not in street battles. The ingenuity, idealism and intelligence of the Iraqi people can now find an outlet in a free society rather than being deployed, as they were for decades, simply to ensure survival in a fascist republic that stank of fear.”
Anyone considering Gove’s views on the wisdom of Brexit should bear in mind how wrong he was about Iraq.